Manchester City are close to sealing a £50m deal for Everton centre back, John Stones.
Stones has told the Toffees he wants to leave but will only be allowed to go if City reach their £50m evaluation.
The transfer would set a new English record, just pipping the £49m the Etihad club paid Liverpool for Raheem Sterling last summer.Pep Guardiola‘s City are now preparing a new offer for the centre-back and are sure they can land the England ace, according to the British press.
Everton rejected an initial bid of £40m from City for the England defender this month but talks have re-opened.Stones, who made his first pre-season appearance against MK Dons on Tuesday, has his heart set on linking up with the Spaniard at the Etihad.While Everton boss Ronald Koeman wants the deal to be completed as soon as possible to end any disruption to his pre-season preparations.
Stones is an ideal target for Guardiola, who yesterday admitted he was considering dropping midfielder Fernandinho into defence.